The ribbon has been cut at Medlar Bikeway in Miami Township.
A new branch of southwest Ohio’s bikeway system has opened in Miami Township, linking the Great Miami River Bikeway to Austin Boulevard near I-75. The bike trails are part of a regional vision for economic development.
At the blustery ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Medlar Bikeway, officials from Montgomery County, Miamisburg, Miami Township and Five Rivers Metroparks cheered and posed for pictures.
Steve Stanley, head of the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District, said cycling options support economic growth.
Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley with a group of local government leaders announcing the Great Miami River master plan. Next to him, Janet Bly with the Miami Conservancy District, who led the effort to secure funding for the study.
Montgomery County voted on Tuesday to put $50,000 towards a Great Miami River master plan. More than a dozen cities and towns along the river are also pitching in to match funds provided by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a program that helps states plan waterfront development.
The local partnership with the Corps is headed off by the Miami Conservancy District, and participants hope it will help turn the river into a regional cash cow.